Alabama Department of Archives and History
Barbour County native Chauncey Sparks (1884-1968) was Alabama's governor from 1943-47, taking office during World War II.
Labor issues following the war led Sparks to reestablish the Labor Department, and the state's education system improved during
his term. Prior to his governorship, Sparks was an inferior court judge in his home county and served in the state legislature.